Advent-Christmas 2018

Advent Day 13 ~ In the Midst of the Mist of our Lives

Thursday of the Second Week of Advent Misty mornings can be cool, Lord. They can teach us about You, about us. There’s lots of misty-ness in our lives, Lord. We often don’t see anything very clearly. But You are still there, our sun, the Son, somehow, some way, penetrating  the fog, the mist. Help us […]

Advent Day 12 ~ The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe ~ God prefers the poor

Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent ~ THE FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE Today,we honor our sister and brothers in Mexico as they celebrate the appearance of the Mother of Jesus  to a poor peasant native Mexican. Today, may we unite ourselves in solidarity with all the peoples of North and South and […]

Advent Day 8 ~ The Second Sunday of Advent ~ The herald of the King

The Second Sunday of Advent ~ Sunday, December 9, 2018 As we examine the gospel of Luke this year, we see that for this gospel writer, the emergence of John the Baptist was one of the hinges on which history turned. He dramatically dates it in three different ways.  Here’s the text . . . […]

Advent Day 7 ~ Our Lady’s Song of Justice ( and Hanukkah Day 6)

THE FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY Saturday, December 8, 2018 This is a feast of Mary for us Catholics.  In today’s gospel, we read the story of Mary’s Yes to God, her consent to bring Jesus into our world. I offer for your reflection the Song of Mary that Luke […]

Advent Day 4 ~ Our God becomes flesh (and Day 3 of Hanukkah)

Wednesday of the First Week of Advent If you’re new to this Advent blog,  I recommend reading Welcome to Advent.Click here to get an overview of the Advent season. Today, let’s reflect on the mystery of the Incarnation ~ the Christmas portion of our faith. (Again if you don’t accept this as an article of faith, then just […]

Advent Day 3 – The wolf and the lamb – the owl and the lion (And Hanukkah Day 2)

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent Dear Friends, Isaiah dreams of a bright future for us. He shows us a wonderful vision: the animals lead the way to peace! Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb . . The calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child […]

Advent Day 2 ~ Swords to plowshares ~ Guns to roses

Monday of the First Week of Advent Dear Friends, If you’re new to this Advent blog,  I recommend reading Welcome to Advent to get a sense of why we spend four weeks preparing for our Christmas celebration and how it can help we (and you) deepen our spirituality. It can work whether you are a […]